... for the lack of activity. I am waiting on a return to Level 1, so I can get out and about and visit cinemas for updates. But if your cinema is open once more (as the Lido in Hamilton and Tivoli in Cambridge are), do go out and support them.
In the meantime, I thought you might like the photo below of the Cinemas Dore in Barcelona, from a time when it was possible to travel to such places:
My local cinema (Lido, Hamilton) provided a cinematic treat this weekend, when it scheduled screenings of Charlie Chaplin's THE KID (1921), to celebrate its 100th.
Tue, Jun 8, 9:14 PM (2 days ago)
He opened a VHS rental store with the aim of having just 500 members. But Stewart ended up with 80,000 members and one of the biggest DVD collections in the world.
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Lang Masters bids farewell to the Hollywood Cinemas in Sumner, Christchurch
An interesting, rather pessimistic piece from the Spinoff, about the lovely Roxy:
Peter McKenzie was also interviewed by Jesse Mulligan on RNZ Afternoons at www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018797874/cinemas-struggling-for-survival-around-nz
1. The Majestic in Taihape, which continues to screen a range of interesting new releases.
2. The Civic in Otaki, which is undergoing extensive renovations. My hope is that screenings will return there, both for the Maoriland Film Festival and a regular programme.
.... but I am keeping an eye on new developments, in Oamaru and other places, and planning another trip to the South Island in July. In the meantime, I have had several memorable cinema experiences; the centenary celebrations at Everybody's Theatre in Opunake and, more recently, joining a near-full house in the Civic in Queen Street, for the premiere of Florian Habicht's new film JAMES & ISEY. A magnificent setting for a magnificent film, which is now in general release. Do get to see it.
I would love for the Civic to do more film screenings so I was pleased to see that Doc Edge 2021 has scheduled documentary screenings in mid-June.
Geoff Lealand was an Assoc Prof in Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato from 1992 to 2017. Now retired (not a word he favours), he writes social history, maintains this site, its Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as going to the cinema at least twice weekly.